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Rangers prospect Guzman involved in fatal car accident Tuesday
by Brandon Wise |

Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman was involved in a fatal car accident in the Dominican Republic early Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. 

Guzman reportedly struck a motorcycle, killing the rider: Eleazar Garcia. The incident occurred at 1 a.m., according to the report by the Dominican Republic National Police.

It is unclear yet if Guzman will be charged in the accident. 

Guzman, 20, hit .218 with six homers and 63 RBI in Class A last season.

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Red Sox GM: Cespedes 'in our plans for next year'
by Brandon Wise |

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said in a radio interview Wednesday that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is in the team's plans for next year. 

“We acquired him at the deadline in the [Jon] Lester trade because we felt that was the best deal at the time, we still feel that way. He’s in our plans for next year and his versatility and skill in the outfield and gives us the flexibility, could play any of the three positions," Cherington said. "We’ll just see what the rest of the offseason brings. We have a long way to go, and as we get to January, closer to spring training, we’ll know more about who’s here and how it all adds up.”

Cespedes hit .260 with 100 RBI last season between Oakland and Boston. 

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Mets SP Matt Harvey eager for the start of spring training
by Michael Hurcomb |

Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who missed the 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, said "spring training can't come quick enough" during a radio interview Tuesday with WFAN.

"My whole goal is to be able to face hitters in February as soon as I get down to Florida," Harvey said, per "I haven't faced any hitters. I haven't done any batting practice."

Harvey, who was an All-Star in 2013, is 12-10 with a 2.39 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 36 career starts. He is also striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings.

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Report: Mets could wait to see if Red Sox put Bogaerts on trading block
by Michael Hurcomb |

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts could be a new name that pops up on the Mets' radar as they search for a new starting shortstop.

While it appears Bogaerts will remain with Boston with newly signed Hanley Ramirez moving to left field, a Mets source told the New York Post the team will be watching the Red Sox's situation.

"It’s not like we’re knocking down their door to see if [Bogaerts] is available," the source said. "But we’ll wait and see how things shake out."

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Yankees planning to offer three years for Headley
by Brandon Wise |

The Yankees are planning to offer third baseman Chase Headley a three-year contract, but he is likely to look for a bigger offer, according to Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Among those teams, the Giants and Blue Jays appear to be the most likely candidates for Headley.

Headley hit .249 with 13 home runs and 49 RBI between San Diego and New York last season. 

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Report: Marlins showing interest in Evan Gattis, Chris Davis
by Brandon Wise |

The Marlins have expressed interest in acquiring Braves catcher Evan Gattis and Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, according to the Miami Herald.

Gattis has been mentioned in trade rumors this offseason. It has also been spectulated he could move from catcher to left field.

Gattis, 28, hit .263 with 22 homers and 52 RBI last season while Davis, 28, hit .196 with 26 homers and 72 RBI. Davis was also third in the MVP race in 2013, hitting .286, 53 homers, 138 RBI.

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Report: Hyeon-jong Yang staying in Korea
by Brandon Wise |

Korean pitching prospect Hyeon-jong Yang will not be heading to the United States after all, according to media reports. The Kia Tigers have rejected the winning bid for the Korea pitcher. It is unknown whether the Twins or Rangers submitted the highest bid for the 26-year-old. 

Yang has gone 62-42 with a 4.33 ERA in his eight year career in Korea.

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Brewers outright pitcher Ariel Pena to Triple-A
by Sean d'Oliveira |

The Brewers announced pitcher Ariel Pena has been outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster. Pena has yet to appear in a MLB game.

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Giants turn attention to Cruz, Scherzer after Sandoval departure
by Sean d'Oliveira |

With the Red Sox officially signing Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have begun talks with a variety of free agents including pitcher Max Scherzer and outfielder Nelson Cruz, reports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Sandoval’s departure allows the Giants to focus their assets elsewhere and the Giants have also expressed interest in Nick Markakis, Torii Hunter and Chase Headley.

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Report: Reported Cubs' offer to Jon Lester is not accurate
by Sean d'Oliveira |

Sources have indicated the reported six-year, $135 million contract the Cubs offered pitcher Jon Lester is not accurate, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Along with the Cubs, the Red Sox, Giants, Braves and Cardinals have expressed serious interest in signing the left-handed pitcher, reports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Despite the various teams involved, Red Sox owner John Henry said he is ‘hopeful’ the Red Sox can lure Lester back to Boston, reports

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